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  • Jul. 10, 2002

    Featuring Local Swing Dancers

    Media Sponsors: KLON 88.1 FM, K-EARTH 101 FM, Surf

    Swing is king when three great bands come together for Swing Night at the Hollywood Bowl, Wednesday, July 10 at 8 p.m. Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, the band that spearheaded the resurgence of swing music a decade ago, returns to the Bowl's historic stage along with the legendary Glenn Miller Orchestra, which was one of the premier swing bands more than a half-century ago. Jazz clarinet and saxophone virtuoso Ken Peplowski brings his Tribute to Benny Goodman Big Band to the mix for a night of truly swinging tunes. Local swing dancers take the stage to dazzle the audience with their prowess and athletic moves. The concert is the first in KLON's Jazz at the Bowl series.

    Backbeat Live pre-concert events take place at the Patio, one hour prior to the Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday concerts; free to all ticket holders. The July 10 session features swing dance lessons.

    With two acclaimed albums of energetic new swing, re-styled for hard-core swing dance fans, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy have established themselves as leaders of a music and dance trend that shows no signs of stopping. The Glenn Miller Orchestra, one of the greatest big bands of all time, returns to the Bowl after a ten-year absence to play the golden hits of the original Swing Era that inspired a generation during wartime. Ken Peplowski, who inherited the mantle from jazz legend Benny Goodman, brings a program of the late bandleader's works to the Bowl as a loving tribute.

    KLON's Jazz at the Bowl continues in July with Broadway and Hollywood Salute Billie Holiday with the Terence Blanchard Quintet and Oleta Adams, Lea DeLaria, Dianne Reeves, Jimmy Scott, and Tom Wopat on July 17; an evening with Natalie Cole and Joe Sample on July 24; and the Latin Jazz Spectacular with Celia Cruz and the Big 3 Palladium Orchestra on July 31. August concerts include Tony Bennett performing on August 7; Soul Night on August 14 featuring Isaac Hayes, Maceo Parker, and Arrested Development; August 21 is our Big Band Blast with the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band and the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra; and Chick Corea, with Gary Burton, Three Quartets featuring Michael Brecker, the Elektric Band, and Flora Purim & Airto Moreira, on August 28.

    The reemergence of the big band sound in the 1990s was due in large part to the jump blues and hot dance of BIG BAD VOODOO DADDY. The 10-piece band introduced a new generation to 1940s, '50s, and '60s swing. The band's fiercely loyal following around LA brought them worldwide success in 1998 with the major label release of their first record and an exhaustive club tour, which sold out every venue along the way. Big Bad Voodoo Daddy last performed at the Hollywood Bowl in 2000.

    With hits In the Mood, Chattanooga Choo Choo, A String of Pearls, Moonlight Serenade, and Tuxedo Junction, the legendary Glenn Miller was one of the most successful dance bandleaders in the Swing Era of the '30s and '40s. Twelve years after he disappeared in 1944 over the English Channel on his way to a show in France, the Miller Estate formed THE GLENN MILLER ORCHESTRA which has sustained strong popular demand and years of touring. The group last performed at the Bowl in 1990.

    Jazz clarinetist and tenor saxophonist KEN PEPLOWSKI joined the Tommy Dorsey Band in 1979 and experimented with styles from Dixieland to avant-garde jazz to symphonic. He then played with Benny Goodman from 1984 to 1986, earning accolades from critics and fellow musicians. The man whom Mel Tormé called "magic" will lead Ken Peplowski's Tribute to Benny Goodman Big Band. Peplowski last appeared at the Bowl in 2000.

    One of the largest natural amphitheaters in the world, with a seating capacity of just under 18,000, the HOLLYWOOD BOWL has been the summer home of the Los Angeles Philharmonic since its official opening in 1922, and, in 1991 gave its name to The Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, a resident ensemble that has filled a special niche in the musical life of Southern California. A hit from its very first season, the Hollywood Bowl has remained popular and accessible to a wide cross-section of Southern California's diverse population. To this day, $1 buys a seat at the top of the Bowl for many of the Los Angeles Philharmonic's concerts. While the Bowl is best known for its sizzling summer nights, during the day California's youngest patrons enjoy "Open House at the Bowl," the Southland's most popular summer arts festival for children, now in its 34th season. Attendance figures over the past several decades have soared: in 1980 the Bowl first topped the half-million mark and last summer, close to one million admissions were recorded. It is no wonder that the Bowl's summer music festivals have become as much a part of a Southern California summer as beaches and barbecues, the Dodgers and Disneyland.


    Wednesday, July 10, 8 PM

    Swing Night (with dancers)




    CHUCK CECIL, host

    Media Sponsors: KLON 88.1 FM, K-EARTH 101 FM, SURF

    Backbeat Live pre-concert events take place at the Patio, one hour prior to the Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday concerts; free to all ticket holders. The July 10 session features swing dance lessons.

    Tickets ($1- $70) are on sale now at the Hollywood Bowl box office, by calling Ticketmaster at 213.480.3232, at all Ticketmaster outlets (Robinsons May, Tower Records and Ritmo Latino locations), or online at Groups of 12 or more may be eligible for a 20% discount, subject to availability; call 323.850-2050 for further details. For general information or to request a brochure, call 323.850.2000.

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  • Contact:

    Elizabeth Hinckley, 323/850-2047; David Barber, 323/850-2023